Bats are the only mammals capable of flight—a fact that further proves that R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" is sung from the perspective of a free-tailed bat. See them soar with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $12 for a bat-flight tour for two (up to a $24 value)
- $22 for a bat-flight tour for four (up to a $48 value)
Because of the turkey-hunting season, there will be no tours on Saturdays until the beginning of May. Children aged 5 and younger are admitted free.
Frio Bat Flight
Every evening from March to September, just before sunset, as many as 12 million Mexican free-tailed bats erupt from Frio Cave in search of dinner. The bat colony is the second largest in the world and the largest that's open to the public. Tour guides lead a caravan of visitors driving their own cars two miles from the ranch gates to Frio Cave, then guests are taken to the top of a hill to witness the winged spectacle. With the sun low in the sky and the bat signal shining, the cloud of bats bursts forth alongside cave swallows and rock wrens, seeking insects to eat while evading birds of prey such as kestrels and peregrine falcons. After spending the spring and summer mating in Frio Cave, the bats resume their migration to Mexico and the college students return to their dorms.